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Edward Harrington Jennings

Edward Harrington Jennings
Edward Harrington Jennings, 1990

10th president (September 1, 1981 – August 31, 1990)
Born: February 18, 1937
Died: August 10, 2019

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Edward Jennings served as the 10th president of The Ohio State University from 1981 to 1990 and then as interim president from July 1 to September 30, 2002. He also served as professor of finance in the Fisher College of Business until his retirement on April 1, 2002. He served as president of the University of Wyoming from 1979 to 1981 and as vice president of finance and university services at the University of Iowa, where he served on the finance faculty for 10 years from 1976 to 1979. In addition, Jennings held visiting appointments at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and the University of Hawaii. He received his doctorate in finance from the University of Michigan, a master's of business administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor's in industrial management from the University of North Carolina. He returned to the faculty at Ohio State and held the position of interim president from July to September, 2002, retiring from the faculty that year.

Updated June 2013.